Who doesn't like a nice little uphill sprint?

Velominati Super Prestige: Women’s La Fleche Wallonne 2017

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Some years ago, halfway across Belgium from Huy, a farmer grew jealous of his neighbor, whose fields were bisected by the brutally famous cobbled climb, the Koppenberg. Refusing to be outdone by chance, nature, topography, and certainly not his neighbor, he built his own cobbled climb through one of his fields, giving birth to the Paterberg.

The Mur de Huy boasts a similar reputation, albeit un-cobbled and it isn’t in a field (it’s near a town center). Some distance to the north, Belgium’s Border Sister, The Netherlands, tried to emulate the finale of La Fleche by hosting the finish of its Amstel Gold Race atop the Cauberg. After a few years they realized it sucked, and they went back to a non-uphill sprint finish. The Mur kind of sucks as a finish, too, but on the other hand one has to admire the race’s unflinching dedication to keeping its trademark climb as the final coup de gras for their midweek race.

Going back to previous eras of this race, breakaways would often survive to contest the final slog up the Mur from a small group. When Pharmstrong won in 1996, he won from a two-man break. These days, the bunch comes together like clockwork and the race features what amounts to an uphill bunch sprint of Jenny Craig members.

Be that as it may, I believe La Fleche was the first major one-day race to feature a fully supported women’s edition, and for that I respect them as much as I resent them for holding their races on a Wednesday and confusing me about when I’m supposed to put up a VSP.

I still can’t find a start list, but Contemplate the start list, go find a reliable octopus and put down your pencils by the time the clock goes to zero. Good luck!

Final Race Results
1. VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
2. DEIGNAN Elizabeth
3. NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
4. VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
5. GILLOW Shara
Final VSP Results
1. LeoTea (16 points)
2. Snowy (14 points)
3. Jason (13 points)
4. Quadzilla (13 points)
5. Minnesota Expat (13 points)
6. Haldy (13 points)
7. Phil Hasty (12 points)
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21. Jansen (9 points)
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23. MangoDave (9 points)
24. JCM (9 points)
25. Yagerbomb (8 points)
26. Buck Rogers (8 points)
27. Skip (8 points)
28. RobSandy (8 points)
29. dyalander (8 points)
30. cycleman3000 (8 points)
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32. Rick (8 points)
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43. TurboJoe (7 points)
44. David van Dijk (7 points)
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52. Randy C (3 points)
53. wiscot (3 points)
54. Clingon (3 points)
55. TheDon (3 points)
56. sthilzy (2 points)
57. 1860 (2 points)
58. John Irvine (2 points)
59. Two Ball Billy (2 points)
60. Harminator (2 points)
61. Cameron W (2 points)
62. Paul Woodhouse (2 points)

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. Making it up as I go along

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Megan Guarnier
    3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    4. Alena Amialiusik
    5. Katrin Garfoot
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Van Vluten
    3. Bronzini
    4. Guarnier
    5. Gafoot
  3. fixing a

    typo…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Van Vluten
    3. Bronzini
    4. Guarnier
    5. Garfoot
  4. FFS, fixing another typo…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. van Vleuten
    3. Bronzini
    4. Guarnier
    5. Garfoot
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Niewiadoma
    3. Moolman-Pasio
    4. Stultiens
    5. Ferrand-Prevot
  6. And another roll of the dice!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Kasi Niewiadoma
    3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    4. Megan Guarnier
    5. Giorgia Bronzini
  7. And another roll of the dice!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    4. Megan Guarnier
    5. Giorgia Bronzini
  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Moolman Pasio
    4. Guarnier
    5. Niewiadoma
  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Lizzie Deignan
    4. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    5. Giorgia Bronzini
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Ding-Dong
    3. Longo Bongo
    4. Prevot
    5. Bronzini
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Guarnier
    2. Niewiadoma
    3. Longo Borghini
    4. Van der Breggen
    5. Ferrand-Prevot
  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Megan Guarnier
    4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    5. Annemiek van Vleuten
  13. Update

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Deignan
    2. AVDB
    3. Borghini
    4. Van Vleuten
    5. Niewiadoma
  14. May the best Anna win!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Kasia Niewiadoma
    3. Lizzie Deignan
    4. Annamiek van Vleuten
    5. Ashleigh Moolman
  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. VAN DER BREGGEN, Anna
    2. MOOLSMAN PASIO, Ashleigh
    3. LONGHO BORGHINI, Elisa
    4. FERAND PREVOT, Pauline
    5. NIEWIADOMA, Kasia
  16. @Frank Start list here:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/la-fleche-wallonne-feminine-2017-start-list/

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Deignan
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Anna van der Breggen
    4. Annemiek van Vleuten
    5. Coryn Rivera
  17. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van Der Breggen
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Annemeik van Vleuten
    4. Coryn Rivera
    5. Elizabeth Deignan
  18. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kasia Niewadoma
    2. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
    3. Anna van der Breggen
    4. Annemiek van Vleuten
    5. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
  19. @Phillip Mercer

    @Frank Start list here:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/la-fleche-wallonne-feminine-2017-start-list/

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Elizabeth Deignan
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Anna van der Breggen
    4. Annemiek van Vleuten
    5. Coryn Rivera

    Thank you my good man. I take a perverse bit of pride in being early enough to the VSP that it wasn’t published there yet. Updating the article now…

  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    2. Elisa Longo Borghini
    3. Coryn Rivera
    4. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
    5. Elizabeth Deignan
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van Der Breggen
    2. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
    3. Lizzie Deignan
    4. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    5. Kasia Niewiadoma
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
    2. van VLEUTEN Annemiek
    3. DEIGNAN Elizabeth
    4. BRONZINI Giorgia
    5. FERRAND-PREVOT Pauline
  23. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Lizzie Deignen
    4. Annemiek van Vleuten
    5. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
  24. VSP PICKS:

    1. Bronzini
    2. Van der Breggen
    3. Deignan
    4. Niewiadoma
    5. Rivera
  25. VSP PICKS:

    1. NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
    2. van VLEUTEN Annemiek
    3. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline
    4. GUARNIER Megan
    5. van der BREGGEN Anna
  26. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. Marianne Vos
    3. Megan Guarnier
    4. Annemiek van Vleuten
    5. Elizabeth Deignan
  27. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sabrina Stultiens
    2. Elizabeth Deignan
    3. Allie Dragoo
    4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
    5. Marianne Vos
  28. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    3. Elisa Longo Borghini
    4. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
    5. Megan Guarnier
  29. AvdB to keep winning and the scraps could go to any number of others

    VSP PICKS:

    1. AvdB
    2. van Vleuten
    3. Niewiadoma
    4. Deignan
    5. Ferrand-Prevot
  30. VSP PICKS:

    1. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    2. Anna van den Breggen
    3. Annemiek van Vleuten
    4. Claudia Lichtenberg
    5. Megan Guarnier
  31. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna van der Breggen
    2. 3. Lizzie Deignan
    3. Fernand Prevot
    4. Katarzyna Niewiadoma
    5. Elisa Longo Borghini
  32. VSP PICKS:

    1. Vanderbreggen
    2. Vos
    3. van Vleuten
    4. Guarnier
    5. Ferrond Prevot
  33. VSP PICKS:

    1. VDB
    2. Niewiadoma
    3. Longo Borghini
    4. Deignan
    5. van Vleuten
  34. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen
    2. van Vleuten
    3. Niewiadoma
    4. Deignan
    5. Prevot
  35. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Prevot
    3. Borghini
    4. Niewiadoma
    5. Van Vleuten
  36. VSP PICKS:

    1. DEIG
  37. VSP PICKS:

    1. DEIGNAN Elizabeth
    2. VOS Marianne
    3. van der BREGGEN Anna
    4. van VLEUTEN Annemiek
    5. NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
  38. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Vleuten
    2. Vanderbreggen
    3. PFP
    4. Vos
    5. Edmondson
  39. VSP women

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Der Breggen, Anna
    2. Niewiadoma, Katarzyna
    3. van Vleuten, Annemiek
    4. Deignan, Elizabeth
    5. Bronzini, Georgia
  40. VSP PICKS:

    1. Borghini
    2. van Vleuten
    3. Van der Breggen
    4. Bronzini
    5. Deignan
  41. Fark, nearly

    Delgado’d

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Rivera
    2. Ferrand-Prevot
    3. Deignan
    4. Borghini
    5. Van Vleuten
  42. VSP PICKS:

    1. Deignan
    2. Van de Breggan
    3. Rivera
    4. Vos
    5. Borghini
  43. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggan
    2. Niewiadoma
    3. Longo Borghini
    4. Ferrand Prevot
    5. Guarnier
  44. VSP PICKS:

    1. vd Breggen
  45. @David van Dijk

    weird .. I can only enter a #1 ..

    just in case:

    2: Deignan

    3: Longo Borghini

    4: v Vleuten

    5: Niawiadoma

    VSP PICKS:

    1. vd Breggen
  46. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van der Breggen
    2. Queen Lizzie
    3. Niewiadoma
    4. PFP
    5. Claudia Lichtenberg
  47. VSP PICKS:

    1. Anna Van Der Breggen
    2. Niewiadoma
    3. Deignan
    4. Annemiek Van Vleuten
    5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot
  48. VSP PICKS:

    1. van der Breggen
    2. van Vleuten
    3. Deignan
    4. Niewiadoma
    5. Guarnier
  49. Winner plus one top 5 pick.

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